New 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor to Operate Special 1-Time 8-Day Cruise in July 2008

Carnival Cruise Lines’ new 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor – the largest “Fun Ship” ever constructed — will operate a special one-time eight-day European cruise in July 2008.

The eight-day voyage, which departs Genoa July 2 and arrives in London (Dover) July 10, 2008, will visit four magnificent ports in three countries: Cannes, France; Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; and Le Havre (Paris), France.

“Carnival Splendor’s special eight-day voyage is just the latest addition to a highly diverse European inaugural season,” said Vicki Freed, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and guest services. “It’s the best way to see the great cities of Europe at a great value.”

Following this voyage, the 3,006-passenger SuperLiner will launch Carnival’s first-ever 12-day northern Europe cruise schedule from London July 13 – the first of five voyages in the program, which continues through Aug. 30, 2008. Ports include Copenhagen; Warnemunde (Berlin); Helsinki; St. Petersburg; Tallin, Estonia; and Amsterdam.

Carnival Splendor will also sail a special 12-day Mediterranean cruise from London to Rome (Civitavecchia) Sept. 11, 2008, then operate the line’s popular Grand Mediterranean and Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises Sept. 23, and Oct. 5 and Oct. 17, 2008.

Upon completion of its European season, Carnival Splendor will sail a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Rome to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where it will sail a series of seven-day Caribbean voyages from Port Everglades.  Following Carnival’s first program of South American cruises January to March 2009, Carnival Splendor will launch year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach, Calif., March 29, 2009, continuing the line’s West Coast expansion.

Representing a new class of “Fun Ship,” Carnival Splendor will feature a host of innovations, highlighted by a two-deck-high “Cloud 9 Spa” featuring a Thalassotherapy Pool and an elaborate Thermal Suite with four rooms set at different temperatures. Adjacent to the facility will be 68 exclusive spa staterooms and suites – another first for the line – with private access to the facility, special amenities and priority spa reservations.

The vessel’s family-friendly amenities include a 5,500-square-foot children’s play area – the largest in the “Fun Ship” fleet and part of the top-rated “Camp Carnival” program — along with a water spray park and an expansive “Club O2” teen center with a DJ, dance floor and high-tech sound and lighting system.

Also featured will be four swimming pools – one covered by a retractable Sky Dome that will house the popular “Carnival Seaside Theatre,” an oversized screen displaying movies, concerts and other programming.

Carnival will begin accepting reservations for Carnival Splendor’s eight-day European cruise Thursday, Oct. 11.

For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups) or visit the line’s travel agent Internet portal, bookccl.com.

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